Pedro Hernandez of eWeek reports, "'Mobile-first, cloud-first' may be Microsoft's new mantra, but another term has been has been increasingly creeping into the company's lexicon of late. As one of the components of Microsoft's growing slate of smart services, machine learning is also guiding part of the company's product strategy, according to Microsoft Research Distinguished Scientist John Platt. First, it helps to know how his company classifies machine learning (ML). 'In general, ML converts data sets into pieces of software, known as 'models,' that can represent the data set and generalize to make predictions on new data,' explained Platt in Microsoft's new Machine Learning Blog."
Hernandez goes on, "A long-time researcher, Platt is an authority on Machine Learning. He has spent 17 years 'creating and using machine-learning algorithms' at the company. And it was time well spent, he suggested. Platt describes the use of machine learning as 'pervasive across Microsoft's vast array of products.' He went on to describe the three major ways the tech heavyweight leverages machine learning, namely data mining, statistical engineering and artificial intelligence. The latter discipline uses machine learning 'to emulate the human mind, to create computers that can see, hear and understand.' Microsoft credits machine learning with making some its most highly anticipated products possible."